Received a Mora 5" curved boning knife from Monarch as part of a deal the offered on here with a bone saw - thanks Monarch great deal.
The only thing I was not keen on was that it did not come with a protective sheath as it is really sharp and I want to keep it that way when putting it away in the draw.
Read about Kydex on here so thought I would give it a go. Read up and watched tube vids and saw two ways of using kydex both simple but one used expensive kit.
I chose this method
I used an A4 2mm sheet, cutting out 1 corner so it did not cover some of the handle but so it had plenty of overlap.
Placed the sheet in an oven on a metal tray at 180 deg C and 'cooked' for around 7 mins till well floppy.
I prepared, near the oven on a chair, a cutting board covered with 2 layers of twin wall cardboard (from a cardboard box) the knife and an old tea towel. The cardboard because I wanted some give under the knife, the board as I did not want too much.
I placed the hot Kydex (using leather gloves) on the cardboard, positioned the knife, folded the kydex over, covered with the tea towel, pushed the kydex down around the handle as best I could, then sat on it for a couple of minutes to allow it to cool and harden again.
Then I simply Dremmelled it into shape (best done outside in old clothes as very messy) and smoothed off.
Then drilled 3 holes to take the rivets (fleabay item 311501921642 in 4mm, it was either a 3mm or 3.5mm drill bit - sorry cannot remember).
One plus is that where the Kydex is folded over at the sharp end there is a small triangular hole - ideal for letting out the water when washing.
The one thing that I would do differently is to buy a bigger sheet as I did not have enough length to create an integral belt loop from the Kydex. I will use another rivet and the off cut to do this. I am also going to fold the offcut and put into the dishwasher first to make sure that Kydex is dishwasher proof as no one seems to mention this.
The finished item: